Bat plus ball equals lots of fun at ECB Cricket Club  

East Coast Bays cricket has been around for more than sixty years. They first started palying at Freyberg Park in Browns Bay in April 1961. From there the club shifted wickets to Christie Park – which we now know as Mairangi Bay park - and moved again to Windsor Park in 1971 where it has belonged ever since. It has been a strong and successful club turning out some noted players including Stu Gillespie, Ian Smith, Mark Haslam, Paul Wiseman and Bryan Young. Current White Ferns player, Lauren Down played all her junior cricket for the Club. 

Netherlands international player, Roland Lefebvre also played for the Club in the late 1980s. 

Over the years members have played for NZ U19, NZ Academy XI, NZ Emerging XI, NZ A and NZ Universities. Mike Hendry, who played for NZU19s has gone on to be a top touring professional golfer and has won the NZ Golf Open. 

Many members also play for the Auckland ACES. Currently four - Louis Delport, Cam Fletcher, Cole Briggs and Ryan Harrison – are part of the Auckland ACES. 

The 2023/2024 season officially kicks off on 21 October for the Senior teams and 28 October for the Juniors. Registrations are now open. 

Also in the planning for October is a free Mums, chums and little one's day at Windsor Park, aimed at getting mums and daughters, friends and aunties all together, outside and having a go at cricket. ECBC player/coaches will be running fun training events and circuits, designed to mimic cricket manoeuvres, while focussing on the social aspect of cricket, too. Some members of the Auckland Hearts women's representative cricket team might even show up to show how it’s done. The main focus is to promote cricket as a fun, social and healthy sport for everyone. 

Next up is hosting a Twilight T20 Competition which will start on the first Monday of November and is played every Monday thereafter. This year, including its own club teams, ECBC is encouraging Lads and Dads teams, Big Business teams, College teams and anyone else who thinks being out on the field on a beautiful afternoon/evening with their mates, smashing some balls and having a laugh sounds like fun.